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Pesticide laced roti claims six lives in Dhading

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DHADING —

Six people from a family died and 20 others became sick apparently after consuming toxin laced rotis, at Pida-8 of Tukun in Dhading locale on Sunday.

According to the District Police Office (DPO), Dhading, the deceased have been identified as Santa Bahadur Tamang, 60; his daughter in-law Fulmaya, 25; and grandchildren Sabita, 7; Arjun, 5; Ramesh, 5; and Sanu Kanchhi, 2.

The two-year-old breathed her last on the way to the hospital, while others died sometime during treatment.

Among the victims, 15 of them were referred to Kathmandu for treatment; four are undergoing treatment at Shiva Jyoti Hospital, Balkhu, while the rest have been admitted to Manmohan Memorial Hospital, Swoyambhu.

As per Dr Ram Prasad Shrestha, therapeutic chief of Manmohan Memorial Hospital, six of the 11 patients are in the emergency unit. One is said to be in critical condition.

Santa had washed the wheat grain laced with pesticide before taking it to a crushing plant. He had also left two manas of flour as payment to the plant holder Tilak Bahadur Dong.

Tragedy struck the Syangtan family when they consumed rotis made by crushing wheat seeds laced with pesticide.

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Three arrested with tiger hides

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KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.

The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.

All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.

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